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Army-2022: New Russian recon vehicles displayed, but capability gap remains

25th August 2022 - 14:30 GMT | by Alex Orlov in Helsinki


The VPK BRM is a relatively new design but will require extensive trials and development before service entry. (Photo: via author)

VPK displayed a new variant of its developmental BRM reconnaissance vehicle, while UVZ exhibited an upgraded version of the BRM-1K. Neither seem viable candidates for filling situational awareness capability gaps for Russian mechanised infantry units.

A number of Russian manufacturers showcased new and upgraded armoured reconnaissance vehicles at the Army-2022 event near Moscow.

Voyenno Promyshlennaya Kompaniya (VPK) demonstrated its BRM wheeled reconnaissance vehicle for the second year running. The new variant on view is powered by a YaMZ-534 diesel engine allowing it to reach up to 120km/h on-road and 9km/h afloat.

Company spokesperson Sergei Suvorov mentioned in 2021 that the BRM is intended as a successor for the archaic BRDM-2: 'No one has been developing combat reconnaissance vehicles since the time when BRDM-2 was designed in the USSR, and we [VPK] decided to catch up.'

Meanwhile, Uralvagonzavod (UVZ)

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Alex Orlov


Alex Orlov

Alex Orlov is a freelance journalist based in Helsinki.

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